- Paperback: 232 pages
- Publisher: Inspired Quill (14 Jan. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1908600063
- ISBN-13: 978-1908600066
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.3 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,341,531 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Claiming One Paperback – 14 Jan 2012
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Top Customer Reviews
I have not read all of the short stories yet and I couldn't really say I enjoyed them, for the reasons above, but I have to say the ones I have read so far have made me think and one on particular moved me to tears.
So the author here has taken me outside my comfort zone. I guess that is a back handed compliment of some kind and a tribute to the writing. Hats off. I think this collection is something I may dip in and out of. The mother about to lose her children is kind of haunting me. I'm not sure if that is a good or bad thing.
Runyon's ability to evoke emotions is impressive but my main criticism would be that overall I found it a bit too pessimistic. It's cetainly not a light-hearted feel good read and parts of it actually made me feel quite depressed about life. I'm well aware life isn't all rosy, but I would have liked to have seen some more comical moments to contrast the bitterness of some of the stories.
So if you're looking for a bit of light-relied, Claiming One might not be your cup of tea. That said, if you want something which is going to challenge your views about life whilst stirring up your emotions, this book is ideal.
However, I bought and read this book to experience more of this well liked author, over the course of a couple of days and find I was touched.
Not sure which story made the above reviwer (is that a word?) teary eyed, but Songs for a Lion brought a lump to my throat.
The stories are so honest, down to earth and wonderfully descriptive, I am really pleased I tried it out.
Thank you :)
The problem usually lies with the stories just not fitting well enough together that if you hit one you don't like, it makes it tough to move on to the next, or if you read one you're in love with, it suddenly stops and throws you into something else.
Well I can safely say I didn't have that problem at all with Claiming One. Yes, all of the stories were different. The characters were all unique, none of them ran together, the stories were all distinct and well thought out. Some were told in past tense, and then you'd hit one in present tense, but it all simply worked.
They were all hard hitting in their own way, each of the characters touching and affecting, which I loved about the book. The writing was very tight, not overly descriptive, but each of the stories painted a picture in my head that stuck with me.
When I started on the short story that was told in present tense, I thought I was going to hate it. I've always taken issue with that style of prose, and I thought that was the story that was going to push my review from five to four stars- but it wasn't. It actually worked really well, and I loved it.
I'm trying to leave this review without spoilers because it's such a great read. It moves swiftly, but allows you to savor if you want to take time between each one, and it's something that I can come back to again and again.
I'm giving this a firm five stars and I can't wait to read more of Runyon's work!